About George Dickel Superior No. 12 Whisky
Forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was born in a rural town in eastern Tennessee. By 1867, Dickel was an established Nashville merchant but moved his family to the city of Tullahoma (situated in south-central Tennessee), where he purchased the Cascade Hollow Distillery. After working tirelessly at the distillery, Dickel declared that his spirits were of equal quality to the finest scotch, and followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an "e."
While George A. Dickel Distillery was forced to close its doors as a result of Prohibition, it was rebuilt in 1958 by Master Distiller Ralph Dupps. To ensure the whisky's authenticity, Dupps obtained the original manuscripts in which Dickel detailed his unique recipe and distillation processes. Today, Master Distiller John Lunn carries on the tradition of excellence that has made Dickel whisky a symbol of quality for over a century.
George Dickel Superior No. 12 Whisky is crafted from a mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley, which are milled and mashed before being fermented with a proprietary strain of yeast. Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled and then matured in casks that have been charred with a #2 char on the heads and a #4 char on the staves (the degree of charring within a cask is measured on a scale of one to four, with a #1 char referring to casks that have been lightly toasted, and a #4 char referring to casks that have been charred so heavily that the interior resembles an alligator hide). Once the whisky has matured, it is chilled to 40°F and then mellowed through sugar maple charcoal. This process is rather unusual (most distilleries that mellow whisky through charcoal do so prior to maturing it in oak barrels) and contributes a hint of smoky sweetness to the whisky.
George Dickel No. 12 Whisky has an aroma of rich oak, charcoal and sweet smokiness that gives way to notes of maple syrup, buttered bread and smoke. The finish is deep and complex, with touches of roasted corn, charcoal, citrus and raisins.
George Dickel earned the Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in 2012 and 2013. The whisky also earned a score of 95 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013, which named it the Best Tennessee Whisky.
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About American Whiskey
There are two main representatives of the American whiskey family, bourbon, and rye, but some other spirits don't fall into those two strictly regulated categories.
There's equally strictly regulated American single malt, made from 100% malted barley, Tennessee whiskey, essentially bourbon filtered through maple charcoal and aged in new charred oak barrels.
And then there's moonshine, a high proof (150- 170 proof) distilled spirit mainly made out of corn which gained popularity during the prohibition.
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